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3 Important Points to Help Fight Caregiver Stress

3 Important Points to Help Fight Caregiver Stress

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Caregiver stress: a problem that we believe everyone needs to put more attention and emphasis on. The gravity of this issue is massive, that one in three caregivers has been reported as depressed. And with approximately 43.5 million individuals caring for an older adult, the fear of losing out to dread is high.

As such, we want to take this opportunity for care recipients, baby boomers, and caregivers alike to have a deeper understanding of this type of stress. It is our hope that as more people are made aware of this issue, we can all help fight – and prevent – caregiver stress.

Counting the Hours and Months

Individuals who provide custodial care for a longer period of time are more likely to state they are in poor health. Caregivers who provide 20 or more hours of care describe their health condition as poor, with almost half (46%) of higher-hour caregiver respondents to be emotional stressful as well. Also, 20% of caregivers providing care for five years or more have also stated the same description. Correspondingly, the older a caregiver is, the higher the risk of stress and health risks of settling in.

Caregiver Stress is Real Among Families

Family caregivers, or those who look after a spouse or a family member, are more likely to have stress. Married women, in particular, have a higher chance of being exposed to stress than single individuals. Also, complex situations (an example is looking after an Alzheimer’s patient) has a higher level of stress compared to other caregiving situations.

Insurance Coverage Makes a Difference

With caregiving as an essential during the retirement years, certain steps are needed to help these unsung heroes from being placed in situations that’ll induce stress. Purchasing insurance policies, such as Long Term Care Insurance or Medicare Supplemental Plans will provide caregivers a lighter load of a burden to manage. Long Term Care Insurance can help address the custodial care expected amongst boomers; a Medicare Supplement will help in paying for expensive out-of-pocket medical charges.

We can help make a difference by identifying and making the necessary preparations to combat caregiver stress. With all of the services that the majority of caregivers provide for recipients, not to mention their numerous sacrifices, it is high time to give back to these heroes. Make sure to purchase insurance coverage – we all deserve the best.

About the Author:

Leandro Mueller

As the Online Content Director of FreeMedSuppQuotes, Leandro Mueller aims to push for awareness and promotion of the many benefits of the best Medicare Supplement plans in the market. Additionally, he is interested and keen in marketing and advertising strategies. He hopes that his work will help boomers and retirement industry experts alike in their lives.





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Architect Of Change – Moving Humanity Forward


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Alzheimer’s Association Walk – Does It Work For Those Living with Dementia?

Alzheimer’s Association:

Walk, Structure, Support, Funding – Thoughts from Those Living with Dementia

Sept. 13th, 2016, We discussed with our panel of experts diagnosed with dementia their thoughts on the Alzheimer’s Walk.  How the walk is structured, what supports are in place for those living with dementia that attend, what is the purpose, of the walk and how funds are used.
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Our Expert Panel Today, Each Living with Dementia Are:
Michael Ellenbogen
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Craig Hanke
Laurie Scherrer
Susan Suchan

Facilitated By:
Lori La Bey, founder of http://www.AlzheimerSpeaks.com

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Dementia Chats Educational Webinar Recorded Session – March 10th 2015

Dementia Chats Educational Webinar

Recorded Session – March 10th, 2015

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Another Step

Another Step

By: Michelle Remold

Since first hearing about Alzheimer’s Speaks and meeting Lori La Bey, I thought the Memory Café she had in Roseville was a great idea. It wasn’t like any other group I had heard of. In fact a story about the Memory Café on a local news station is what caught my interest about Alzheimer’s Speaks.

A few weeks ago I was able to see the Memory Café in person. I was impressed with the flow of the group and how supportive everyone was of those in the group. Their commitment to attending the Memory Café was evident as well. When I left, I was inspired to facilitate a group such as Lori’s.

Prior to visiting the Memory Café, I was in the process of setting up my own. The Memory Café I will be facilitating starts up in two weeks. The responses to starting a Memory Café in the community has been great. There appears to be a lot of excitement behind the beginning of the group.

Once deciding upon a start date for the Memory Café, I have worked on learning how to help the group be successful. I have read as much information as I can and have sat in on various support groups to learn more about group dynamics. I have to say that while I am nervous to be starting a Memory Café in my community, I am anxious to see how the group progresses.

Since meeting Lori and learning about Alzheimer’s Speaks, I have learned so much and have been able to expand my skill set. I am excited to be able to facilitate a Memory Café and to start on this next step in my journey to help those affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia.

???????????????????????????????Michelle graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with her Bachelor of Arts in Gerontology: Social Sciences and a minor in Family Studies. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Aging Studies and Nursing Home Administration from Minnesota State University Mankato.

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A Quest For Answers

By: Michelle Remold

I think that one of the most challenging aspects of Alzheimer’s, for not only those who have Alzheimer’s or dementia but their caregivers and family as well, is what seems to be a lack of answers available to them. I think it is human nature to ask questions – What? Where? When? How? With many diseases, some questions can be answered or researched, but when it comes to Alzheimer’s or dementia many of the answers to questions asked seem to be hard to come by.

When someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia, it is important to provide people with the information they need to know on where they can find resources and support. Providing resources and information are what make organizations like Alzheimer’s Speaks so valuable.

It is important to help people find the resources and support they need after a diagnosis of any disease, especially Alzheimer’s or dementia. I think we need to share ideas on where to find the information people are looking for. Without helping others find the services, resources, or information they are looking for, dealing with Alzheimer’s or dementia can seem very lonely.

It’s important to support and help people going through the disease, so it doesn’t turn into “A Quest For Answers”.

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Kudos to Caregivers

By: Michelle Remold

I was just reflecting on the many caregivers for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia. It seems that caregivers come in many different forms. Caregivers can be spouses, children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, neighbors, friends, and other relatives. Caregivers can be found in assisted living facilities and nursing homes as well.

All of these people deserve ‘kudos’ for the care they provide. They often provide care 24/7 with no concern for themselves, but rather immense concern for the other person. They seem to display unending patience and love for the person with Alzheimer’s or dementia. They listen to the same questions and comments repeatedly and watch with patience as the person with Alzheimer’s or dementia displays the same repetitive behavior.

While some days are more challenging than others, caregivers simply answer the same questions multiple times or address the same behaviors many times as well. Some days are a little easier to keep your cool and others are much more difficult. Caregivers do the best they can under the circumstances and that is all that can be asked of them.

It doesn’t matter if you are the neighbor who brings over meals a couple times a week; the friend who sits with the person with Alzheimer’s or dementia while their spouse goes grocery shopping; the grandchild who sits with your grandparent during summer days; or the child who stops by during lunch to check in, your role is important and greatly appreciated. I would like to offer up kudos to every caregiver; you are important to the lives of your loved ones and are appreciated.

???????????????????????????????                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Michelle graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with her Bachelor of Arts in Gerontology: Social Sciences and a minor in Family Studies. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Aging Studies and Nursing Home Administration from Minnesota State University Mankato.

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